Channel Diaries | Documentary Feature


In September 2011, on a cold and gray week, the swimmer Marcelo Collet awaits permission from the Coast Guard to carry out the biggest challenge of his life. After two years of preparation, he’s going to try to swim the English Channel, considered the “Everest” of swimming in open waters. Due to the weather, his chances of getting in the water and facing the twelve hours that separate England and France are getting smaller and smaller. During the days of waiting, we learn about what this athlete has had to overcome, since at 17 he was run over during a cycling practice right after his first summons to be a part of the Brazilian Triathlon squad, losing a considerable amount of movement in his left leg. After being run over, Collet devoted himself heart and soul to swimming and competed in the Paralympic Games in Athens and Beijing. Today, at age 37, he has returned to triathlons and is preparing to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

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